Philippines morning news for October 15

Philippines morning news for October 15

Philippines morning news

Mass immunization underway in Manila after water tests positive for poliovirus
A mass immunization program is being conducted by workers from the Smokey Mountain Health Center in Manila after one river in the capital city tested positive for Type 3 Poliovirus, according to Maki Pulido’s report for 24 Oras on Monday.
— GMA Network

Filipinos lose 9 to 15 years of their lives sitting in traffic — urban planner
Filipinos sit through a cumulative nine years of their working prime sitting in traffic, urban planning specialist Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr. said on Monday.
— The Philippine Star

Philippine police chief resigns amid drug allegations
The Philippine national police chief resigned on Monday after he faced allegations in a Senate hearing that he intervened as a provincial police chief in 2013 to prevent his officers from being prosecuted for allegedly selling a huge quantity of illegal drugs they had seized.
— ABC News

Russian propaganda arm RT to train PH gov’t media
Yet another news agency funded by the Russian government may soon be training reporters from the Philippines’ state-run media agencies.
— Rappler

SEC requires 102 firms to raise public ownership
More than 100 publicly-listed companies including San Miguel Corp. and its subsidiaries will be affected by the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission to increase the minimum public ownership of these listed firms to 25 percent.

TRAIN overshoots target on income tax savings
The tax reform for acceleration and inclusion act (TRAIN) surpassed its revenue target in the first semester of the year due to lower-than-expected losses from the reduction in personal income tax rates, data from the Department of Finance (DOF) revealed.
— Manila Bulletin

DOF orders probe of cooperatives for alleged tax abuses nearly 30,000 enjoying fiscal incentives
The Department of Finance (DOF) has ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to expedite its audit of almost 30,000 cooperatives to weed out those that abuse the tax incentives.
— The Philippine Star

Q3 GDP seen below 6%
The country’s third-quarter economic growth likely settled below 6 percent amid lackluster domestic demand, a Philippine National Bank (PNB) economist said.
— Manila Times

Pasig court wants reinvestigation of securities case vs Ressa, Rappler
A Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered a reinvestigation of the securities case against Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa and 2016 board members of Rappler, saying that prosecutors denied their rights to due process.
— Rappler

Milked dry? COA calls for probe into Nabcor’s P100-million dairy goat project
The Commission on Audit (COA) recommended that the Department of Agriculture (DA) conduct a probe into a 2009 dairy goat project by a now-abolished government-controlled corporation.
— Rappler

Dumaguete City allocates P93.5M for dumpsite closure
The administration of City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo here has allocated since last year a total of PHP 93.5 million for the closure of the open dumpsite in Barangay Candau-ay as mandated by law.
— Philippine News Agency

House processed 220 measures in 20 session days – Romualdez
The House leadership on Monday claimed that they had delivered President Rodrigo Duterte’s legislative agenda in the 20 session days since the 18th Congress opened.
— GMA Network

FALSE: ’95 countries in UN review believe there are no EJKs in PH’
Claim: Facebook group Philippines Freedom Wall claimed in a post that 95 United Nations (UN) countries believe there are no extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the country.
— Rappler

Chief Justice bows out of office: No regrets
“I have faithfully served the people,” Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin said in a speech during his last flag-raising ceremony at the Supreme Court on Monday, four days before he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 on Oct. 18.

Rediscounting loans rise four times as of September
Banks have availed of P118.67 billion temporary liquidity from the Peso Rediscount Facility of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) as of end-September this year, almost four times than the P30.62 billion registered in the same period last year.
— Manila Bulletin

DOH mounts synchronized polio drive in Mindanao, NCR
To boost immunization coverage against polio, the Department of Health (DOH) conducted a Synchronized Polio Vaccination in Lanao del Sur and other areas in Mindanao and the National Capital Region (NCR), as part of the agency’s “Sabayang Patak kontra Polio.”
— Business Mirror

Agricultural trade deficit narrows to $1.62 billion
THE TRADE DEFICIT in agricultural commodities narrowed in the second quarter to $1.62 billion, driven by increased exports and a decline in imports, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.
— BusinessWorld Online

China is Philippines’ top trading partner in first semester 2019: statistics authority
China is the Philippines’ top trading partner in the first semester of 2019 with a total trade worth 16.43 billion U.S. dollars or 18.8 percent of the total trade, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Monday.
— Xinhuanet

Philippines dengue outbreak rises, Duterte’s daughter recovering
In an update on the dengue outbreak in the Philippines, during the week ending Sep. 21, officials reported an additional 8,856 dengue cases nationally.
— Outbreak News Today

PH climate measures lack urgency despite vulnerable status, experts say
Following the recent United Nations climate summit in New York, experts reminded world leaders of the urgency to phase-out coal power generation and other emissions-generating activities.
— ABS-CBN News

Provincial board declares traffic crisis in Cebu
Citing heavy congestion on major roads in Cebu, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday passed a resolution declaring a traffic crisis in the province.
— The Philippine Star

AC Energy forms venture to invest $30 million in Myanmar
AC Energy Inc., the power arm of conglomerate Ayala Corp., said Monday it formed a joint venture with Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. to develop 200 megawatts of renewable energy capacity in Myanmar.

PHAP wants DOH to review cheaper health-care options
THE Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) said it fully backs the Department of Health (DOH) campaign to make medicines affordable, stressing its commitment to work with the agency to widen healthcare services for Filipinos as well.
— Business Mirror

Bangko Sentral to release P20 coins next year
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said it will circulate 20-piso coins to replace the existing 20-piso banknotes in 2020, following a ceremonial launch in December.

Dominguez orders BIR audit of cooperatives
Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III has ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to step up its ongoing audit of the country’s close to 30,000 registered cooperatives to weed out those that have abused the tax incentives granted to them under the law.
— Manila Bulletin

DOLE: CAR employers willing to grant wage hike
Minimum wage earners in the Cordillera Autonomous Region can expect an increase in their daily take home pay.
— The Philippine Star

Food processors seek sugar import allocation
Amid the rising opposition against the liberalization of sugar industry, local food processors yesterday changed tune saying they only seek an annual sugar import allocation to stabilize supply for manufacturers and improve their global competitiveness.
— Manila Bulletin

Value of residential and commercial construction grew 21.6% in Q2–PSA
The total value of residential and commercial construction increased by 21.6 percent in the second quarter of the year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

Banana growers seek halt to demolition of biosecurity areas
THE Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has condemned the attempts of the provincial government of Davao del Norte to demolish biosecurity facilities against fusarium wilt in a banana plantation as it could harm the country’s billion-dollar export product.
— Business Mirror

Fresh batch of online lenders ordered to cease operations
THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered another batch of unlicensed online lenders to cease their activities; as some members of the public have complained of harassment.
— Business Mirror

Youth in Philippines prefer working overseas
The Philippines’ long history of migration is deeply ingrained in the country’s social, economic and cultural climate.
— The Asean Post

Japanese navy joins PH-US exercises near WPS for first time
Japan’s navy will participate for the first time in the joint maritime exercises of the Philippines and the United States near the West Philippine Sea.

PSA-Bataan celebrates statistics month, cites data innovation
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Bataan opened Friday the celebration of the 30th National Statistics Month.
— Philippine Information Agency

DTI-Bataan intensifies awareness vs substandard construction materials
Department of Trade and Industry Provincial Director Nelin Cabahug enjoins manufacturing and construction industries to check if their products are compliant with the Product Standards Law as well as relative department issuances.
— Philippine Information Agency

Court suspends proceedings in securities case vs. Rappler
A Pasig City court has suspended proceedings against Rappler executives for a Securities Regulation Code (SRC) case as it ordered prosecutors to investigate them for a charge they claimed they did not know about until it was filed in court.
— GMA Network

DICT launches DigitalJobsPH training in Tangub City
In a bid to decongest urban centers and promote online work, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in Misamis Occidental successfully launched the DigitaljobsPh training in partnership with the city government of Tangub on October 2, 2019 at Theatre Arts, NMSCST, Tangub City.
— Philippine Information Agency

SEC closes 12 online lending operators without licenses
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) halted operations of 12 illegal online lending applications found to be running without necessary licenses.
— Manila Times

P1-B GSIS loans await 2K Zambo employees
The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has set aside P1.3 billion for its loan assistance package to more than 2,000 personnel of the Zamboanga City government.
— Manila Times

NEDA: Understanding PH culture key to change
A recent survey shows that understanding Filipino culture and common values are essential to creating well-targeted plans and effective policies for the country’s development, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said on Monday.
— Manila Times

Marine commandant resigns amid rumored feud with Navy chief
Five months before his scheduled retirement, the commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC), Major General Alvin Parreño , relinquished his post on Monday, October 14, amid rumors of a rift with Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad .
— Rappler

Pimentel family: Former Senate President Nene Pimentel “very ill”
Former Senate President Nene Pimentel is “very ill,” his family said on Monday, Oct. 14.
— Eagle News

Cases need to be filed against Albayalde, alleged ninja cops -Gordon
Senator Richard Gordon said on Monday that it would be a national disappointment if former Philippine National Police chief Police General Oscar Albayalde and other involved police officers were not charged over the alleged drug recycling activities.
— GMA Network

FALSE: Bill ‘penalizing fathers’ for failure to give child support ‘passed into law’
Claim: A bill seeking to penalize a father for his failure to provide child support has been passed into law.
— Rappler

Bong Go: Duterte would have wanted Albayalde to file terminal leave
President Rodrigo Duterte would have wanted former Philippine National Police chief Police General Oscar Albayalde to file a terminal leave until his compulsory retirement on November 8, Senator Christopher Bong Go said Monday.
— GMA Network

Sandigan denies ex-postmaster general’s bid to have graft raps junked
The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division junked former Postmaster General Josefina dela Cruz’s bid to have the two graft and two violations of the Revised Penal Code charges filed against her quashed for lack of merit.
— GMA Network

Drilon: Albayalde “not yet off the hook” even after resignation as PNP chief
Oscar Albayalde is “not yet off the hook” even after he resigned as Philippine National Police chief, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said on Monday, Oct. 14.
— Eagle News

Gabriela solon wants public officials to live with daily minimum wage
Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas on Monday suggested that public officials, including senators and congressmen, earn only the daily minimum wage so that they would know the plight of ordinary citizens.
— GMA Network

DOT-10 heightens tourism awareness in LDN
To boost tourism in the province and equip residents on the basics of handling tourists, the Department of Tourism (DOT)-10 in partnership with the provincial government here held the province-wide Tourism Awareness Seminar, October 11 at A&A Parklane Function Hall, here.
— Philippine Information Agency

UAAP commissioner clears Perasol from suspension
University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Commissioner Jensen Ilagan has decided to abruptly lift the suspension he slapped on University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol prior to the start of the second round of eliminations.
— Philippine News Agency

NCCA holds confab on cultural statistics, creative economy
Inscribing a new trend in boosting national development through culture and arts, officials of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) were in Cebu on Monday to spearhead a two-day international conference on cultural statistics and creative economy.
— Philippine News Agency

Comelec readies proclamation of new SoCot representative
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is now preparing for the proclamation of Shirlyn Banas-Nograles, who won as first district representative of South Cotabato in the last May 13 elections.
— Philippine News Agency

PHL, Aussie navies hold maritime exercise in Zamboanga City
The Philippine Navy and the Royal Australian Navy on Monday marked the start of their ninth annual maritime exercises at the Ensign Majini Pier of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao in Zamboanga City.
— GMA Network

Kin of Igorot OFW who fell to death in Abu Dhabi demands justice
A relative of Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who fell to her death from the 13th floor of an Abu Dhabi building she was working at, said it is impossible that her cousin went to a foreign country just to kill herself instead of working for her family’s future.
— Rappler

Bible reading in schools should be optional –CBCP leader
Out of respect for the different faiths of students, bible reading in schools should be optional, not mandatory, a leader of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said.
— GMA Network

Ateneo on Safe Spaces Act: Be specific about school responsibilities
The Ateneo de Manila University wants the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Safe Spaces Act or Republic Act (RA) 11313 to be specific about the duties of schools in resolving cases of gender-based sexual harassment.
— Rappler


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Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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